On this episode of Everything is Canon, Steve talks to author Yasmin Angoe all about her debut book, Her Name is Knight, which is described as, “A smash debut novel from rising star Yasmin Angoe, Her Name Is Knight features an elite assassin heroine on a mission to topple a human trafficking ring and avenge her family.”
Here’s the summary…
Stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight has plenty of motives to kill. Now an elite assassin for a powerful business syndicate called the Tribe, she gets plenty of chances.
But while on assignment in Miami, Nena ends up saving a life, not taking one. She emerges from the experience a changed woman, finally hopeful for a life beyond rage and revenge. Tasked with killing a man she’s come to respect, Nena struggles to reconcile her loyalty to the Tribe with her new purpose.
Meanwhile, she learns a new Tribe council member is the same man who razed her village, murdered her family, and sold her into captivity. Nena can’t resist the temptation of vengeance―and she doesn’t want to. Before she can reclaim her life, she must leverage everything she was and everything she is to take him down and end the cycle of bloodshed for good.
Yes, stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight is now an elite assassin for a mysterious syndicate called the Tribe. This sometimes extremely violent story is about many things, mostly being able to forgive yourself for the cruelty inflicted upon you by others. Her Name is Knight is a revenge tale to be sure, but it’s also a heartfelt message about absolution, found family, and letting go of a past that keeps you from living a life well earned.
Steve and Yasmin talk about the book getting optioned, the violent nature of the story, the time she almost quit writing, Her Name is Knight of course, and much, much more.
Her Name is Knight is out now, click HERE to order a copy today!
About the Author:
Hailing from Northern Virginia, Yasmin Angoe is a first-generation Ghanaian American who grew up in two cultural worlds. She taught English in middle and high schools for years, served as an instructional coach for virtual teachers, and works as a freelance developmental and copy editor.
Yasmin received the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color from Sisters in Crime, of which she’s a proud member. She lives in South Carolina with her beautiful blended family, and when she’s not writing, Yasmin’s editing for clients, trying new recipes, or absorbed in an audiobook.